Year of the Nail

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Photographs illustrate the relationship between a Mexican teen (Diego Cataño) and an American exchange student (Eireann Harper).

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Critic Reviews for The Year of the Nail

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

  • The major enjoyment of the film comes not from the experiment but its gentle meditations on belonging, loneliness, family, love and the nature of cultural, sexual and emotional boundaries. In addition, curiously, it's beautifully acted.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarn Jr does not commit it.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Agreeably short, but it's hard to overlook that it's only a parade of still images. A film, certainly, but not quite a movie.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Paradoxes, riddles, exchanges; apocalypses of the mind and heart. This tender, funny, constantly surprising film is the debut of the year.

    November 28, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Year of the Nail

  • Nov 30, 2011
    A unique film, unlike any other this viewer has seen. The entire story is told with black and white still photographs and voice-over dialog. This was captivating as it told the story of a young, horny, fourteen year-old Mexican boy and the college-age Gringa that he becomes infatuated with over the course of a few months. The relationship that develops remains platonic, but only because neither truly knows what the other is thinking. At times it felt like a commentary on the cultural divide between two people from different backgrounds, and at other times it felt more like a straightforward coming of age tale. But it always kept the viewer's interest.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2009
    The second the narration starts, you just completely forget you are watching still photographs for 70+ minutes. The story is so extremely simple, but executed with such lovely, funny, sweet and touching characters that you can't help but fall in love; it was a will-they-or-won't-they anxiety I was very happy to be going through. I can't describe the movie anything better than pure enjoyment all the way through.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer

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